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Title: Stroke or encephalitis?
Authors: Sturm, Jonathan ;Whyte, Scott ;Townend, Bradley ;Hanson, Julian 
Issue Date: Aug-2005
Source: Volume 17, Issue 4, pp. 401 - 404
Journal title: Emergency Medicine Australasia
Abstract: Viral encephalitis is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, particularly when appropriate management is omitted as a result of delayed diagnosis. A case of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) encephalitis is presented, demonstrating that the presentation of confusion, speech difficulties and fever with non-specific early brain CT appearances can easily be misdiagnosed as pneumonia with stroke. This case highlights the need for increased awareness of HSV-1 encephalitis among emergency physicians and radiologists, given that the early spectrum of clinical and CT findings can mimic the more common diagnoses of sepsis and stroke.
ISSN: 1742-6731
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Neurology
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